Karlsruhe: Germany's Internet capital

Want to graduate in a city with a bustling economy and low unemployment rates? Then Karlsruhe may be just the place for you.

City profile

Karlsruhe, a mid-sized German city, is located near the French-German border in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg. Nicknamed the “Internet Capital of Germany”, some 2,500 Web and telecommunications firms have been founded in and around Karlsruhe – the most famous of these being Internet providers web.de and 1&1. The city is also home of the Research Center Karlsruhe (FZK), where engineering and scientific research is performed in the areas of health and environmental sciences. The Fraunhofer Society, Europe’s largest research organization, has two institutes in Karlsruhe.

Overview of the universities

University of Karlsruhe (TH) 

The University of Karlsruhe is one of the premium institutions in Germany. It has a multitude of IT, chemistry and engineering programs, top-notch research possibilities and a diverse student body.


University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe (HS)

The HS Karlsruhe is the second-largest university in the city. Focusing on mechanics and engineering programs, it offers several english-language bachelor’s and master’s programs.

University of Education Karlsruhe (PH)

Students attend the PH Karlsruhe to become elementary or middle school teachers. A concept unique to the state of Baden-Württemberg, the PH combines a pedagogical education with hands-on experience at schools.

State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe
A highly respected fine arts school, the academy has educated several famous German artists. Applicants have to go through intense testing before they are accepted. But it’s worth it, as the students can then enjoy one of the best art educations in Germany. 

State University of Design, Media and Arts Karlsruhe

The university is one of the most modern media schools in the country, designed to educate its students in all fields of the quickly changing new media world. Together with the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM), Germany’s most avant-garde new media art institution, the school combines education and research with exhibitions and events.


The University of Music

The University of Music offers programs for talented singers and musicians to become teachers, conductors, composers, opera singers and music journalists.

Did you know?

No wonder computer science buffs are choosing Karlsruhe as their venue for becoming html and Flash experts: make no mistake, this city has shaped Internet history. Back in 1984, the University of Karlsruhe was the first institution in Germany to receive an email. Three years later, it established the world’s first Internet connection to China, when a Chinese research team sent the following email to Karlsruhe: "Across the Great Wall we can reach every corner of the world."

When you ride your bike or pace your car on the Autobahn around the city, keep in mind that two men born in Karlsruhe made all this possible: Karl Drais, the inventor of the modern bicycle and Carl Friedrich Benz, the inventor of the automobile.

Things to check out

While you’re there, take advantage of Karlsruhe’s neat geographical location: Strasbourg, the Alsatian city with its lavish medieval city center featuring a stunning gothic cathedral is worth the 35-minute car ride any day. 

The area around Karlsruhe is considered to be one of the best when it comes to cuisine – nowhere in Germany will you find so many five-star gourmet restaurants. That doesn’t mean that tasty rustic dishes aren’t available.

Useful links

The International Office at the University of Karlsruhe and the Office of International Programs at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe guide you through the process of becoming a student at those two universities.

Studenten-Wohnung.de is a network where students can offer and search for cheap rooms and group apartments.

While you’re here the Student Services Karlsruhe helps you with everything else you may need.

What’s happening in Karlsruhe? The city`s homepage keeps you up to date.